Thursday, April 17, 2014

LBD + Chambray


As a future lawyer, I have to be careful about implicating myself in illegal activities. So all I will say is that I may or may not have accessed a very high point on Rice's Campus to watch the blood moon eclipse on Monday, which may or may not have led to the tell-tale bruises on my leg. If anyone questions me further, I'll have to invoke the Fifth Amendment.

Staying mum,

Brittney

Dress: Ross, similar here from boohoo
Shirt: J. Crew, this season's version
Vest: thrifted.
Bag: F21, similar here from Charlotte Russe ($12.50)
Necklace: F21, colorful version here ($14.80)



Don't forget, this weekend is your last chance to enter my giveaway and win this cute fuzzy cat scarf (lovingly named "Cocoa")

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Super-Villain Is Born: My Rejected Application from the Asos Internship Around the World



It seems that our culture has fallen deeply in love with the idea that villains are just misunderstood outcasts with tragic backstories (ex: Odin's rejection of Loki sparks his dark ambition, M's treatment of Raoul Silva initiates his revenge plot in Skyfall). We've even started granting super-villains their own stories so they can explain how they have been wronged (Wicked, Maleficent).

As a writer, I love the transition away from "oh, that guy's evil just because he's in a dark cape" to "this is how society creates its monsters." Not only does it make for a more nuanced story, but it also has real-world implications for how we treat each other. With all that being said, have you ever wondered what your super-villain backstory would be? What would make you finally snap and rampage into the night, spreading chaos?

A few weeks ago, I was rejected for ASOS's Internship Around the World---a chance to intern at their international offices in Shanghai and London---and, in a moment of whimsy, I imagined that this could be the spark for my own villainous transformation. I had worked hours on my application, which was supposed to be a "collage resume" of my academic achievements. I re-imagined my application as a high fashion magazine: the cover story would be on my past, I would serve as the models in the fashion section, and the haute couture portion of the magazine would showcase my designs for the Lunar New Year show.

Despite my best efforts, I did not make it to the next round of interviews. It was disappointing, especially because I had put so many Photoshop hours into the effort, but it was a great reminder that we don't always get what we want. However, if I suddenly start wearing all-black (a chic and villain-approved color) and heading an underground fashion empire aimed at undercutting ASOS's free shipping policy, you know what sparked the change. As villainous backstories go, mine has to be the most unique. I'd love for Anne Hathaway to play me in the movie ASOS Up Her Sleeve.

Take a peek into my application:





Yes, I interviewed myself for the cover story. Where's my Pulitzer for Editorial Writing?


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Starting the Weekend Off Awkwardly


One of my first Facebook statuses (all the way back in 10th grade) was "Awkward is...texting your debate coach instead of your boyfriend." Years later, I still seem to have a knack for getting myself into the most awkward situations. For instance, last night, I was invited to karaoke with my fellow college seniors, and someone handed the microphone to me just as "F*ck You" by Cee Lo Green was coming on. I didn't realize until after I started singing it that my ex was in the audience...which made for quite an awkward performance (but an oddly fulfilling one at the same time :P). 

Tell me, what kinds of awkward shenanigans have you gotten yourself into lately?

Chambray: Target (old), similar here from Kohl's (on clearance for $8.80)
T-Shirt: F21 (old). Similar here from Madewell ($32)
Shorts: Joe Fresh. I swear this one from Urban is an identical match.
Bag: Ross, similar color here from Zappos
Sandals: Sam Edelman, last seen in Thursday's post
Lightning earrings: Forever21 (on clearance for $0.99)



Don't forget to join my fuzzy cat scarf + pendant giveaway, to win this scarf (nicknamed "Cocoa") and some blinging jewels!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Orange You Glad You Found Me?


Sometimes, the things that you are looking for fall into your life exactly when you aren't actively searching for them. For instance, I had been yearning for Kendi's beautiful tote bag for a while, but I could have never predicted that I would find my own orange leather version while browsing through Ross on a whim.

On a less shallow note, it's the same way with people: I'm always amazed at how one random encounter can introduce me to strangers that will become my best friends, or how, if it hadn't been for a chance meeting, my life would have been completely changed. For instance, one of my first meetings with my now-best friend T came about because he got locked out of his room at the beginning of freshmen year. He had just finished taking a shower, only to find that he had no way of getting his clothes. Eventually, he was forced to waddle down to the common room in his towel, where I spotted him hiding behind a pillar. We laugh about the embarrassing memory now, but it just goes to show how friendships sprout in unusual places.

Dress: Forever 21
Bag: Fiore, similar here, tan version here from Old Navy
Sandals: Sam Edelman
Necklace: Forever21, similar here from Urban Outfitters
Nail polish: Essie's 'Bikini So Teeny'

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My First Blog Giveaway: Win This Fuzzy Cat Scarf & A Jeweled Pendant!



Let's be honest: at some point during the polar vortex, I bet you were thinking, "Gee, you know what would make this hellish weather a little bearable? Having a cozy scarf around my neck that doubles as a cuddle-buddy." It's an easy way to showcase your inner cat lady tendencies and bring a smile to your frozen face.

Well, now you can win this adorable, fuzzy cat scarf, as well as a beautiful jeweled pendant. To reward you for putting up with my random rants and taking the time to visit my blog, I've been waiting to save my first giveaway for an product or item that is truly special---one that is handmade and supports a great cause. And I can think of no better cause than supporting fellow artists like my friend Alice, who hand-makes the cutest cat accessories and gorgeous jeweled pendants.

Alice has graciously donated a fuzzy cat scarf and a selection of pendants for this giveaway.


  • We'll be giving away three prizes: the top prize will include this cute cat scarf (which I have nicknamed "Cocoa") as well one of the 5 pendants below (you'll get first pick on which one!)

  • Two other winners will also receive a pendant of their choosing; if the preferred pendant has already been claimed by the top prize winner, we will send you a second or third choice.


Rules:

  • This giveaway is open internationally!
  • This giveaway will run until April 20th at 11:59PM. You can enter using the Rafflecopter below; some of the entries will allow you to enter everyday, so check back often to increase your chances! The Rafflecopter will ask for your tumblr names, instagram names, and bloglovin' names to verify that you have entered correctly.


Prize Drawing:

  • On April 21st, I will randomly draw three names. 
  • The first name drawn will walk away with "Cocoa" and a pendant; the second and third names will each get to choose a pendant after that. 
  • If you're impatient to own your very own cat scarf, you can always visit Alice's online store (she just finished making a Nyan Cat scarf!)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!